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  • - Learning to drive in a foreign country

  • can be pretty scary.

  • It's a big commitment, but it can grant you the freedom

  • to explore your surroundings beyond the limits

  • of public transportation.

  • I think I'm finally ready to challenge myself

  • and get my driver's license here in Japan.

  • Hey, guys, how's it going?

  • It's Micaela, and today's a really big day for me.

  • I've been looking forward to this for a really long time.

  • I've never driven a car in my life, even in Canada.

  • I came over here when I was 17, so I never had a chance

  • to get my license in Canada, and after years

  • of making excuses and being kind of afraid

  • of the commitment of driving, I think I'm finally ready

  • to take responsibility, so I'm here

  • at Fukuoka Prefecture Driving School.

  • In Canada, to get your driver's license,

  • it can take up to a year or so, or maybe more,

  • to go from a beginner learner's permit

  • to a full driver's license, but in Japan,

  • if you go to driving school and you take the proper classes,

  • and you graduate the school and then you go on

  • to take the test, you can get your driver's license

  • as quickly as within a month, or a month and a half.

  • So, I'm gonna take this opportunity to learn how to drive,

  • and then I can get my license when I go to Canada too.

  • Seems pretty convenient, right?

  • All right, it's time to register, let's go.

  • (upbeat music)

  • Everybody here looks way younger than me.

  • Me, too.

  • Me, too.

  • So, it's registration day, and I'm just waiting

  • to be called so I can do my registration.

  • To register you need to bring yourJumin-Hyo" (residence certificate)

  • which is a piece of paper you can get from city hall

  • that has your address and your status of residence,

  • and all that important information on it.

  • And then, also bring your passport or photo ID.

  • I think your jumin-card (I meant "zairyu card" here DONT @ me.)

  • card can be okay as well.

  • That's where I'm at right now.

  • I'm really excited to get started, though.

  • First thing you do, after you register is

  • get your photo taken and take a eye test.

  • Okay.

  • - Driving school is split into two parts,

  • the path to a learner's permit,

  • and the path to a full license.

  • In the first level, I'll need to attend 10 hours of classes

  • and pass a written test before I can take

  • my learner's permit exam.

  • After I pass that, I'll need to take another 16 hours

  • of classes before I can take the final exam.

  • Hi.

  • - Hi.

  • - There is a lot of studying involved.

  • Luckily, if you're still studying Japanese,

  • they do have English and Chinese textbooks,

  • and you can choose to take the written tests

  • in English or Chinese as well.

  • But not all classes are textbook based.

  • One of the mandatory lessons is a three hour

  • intensive CPR training course.

  • So, I just had my emergency CPR class,

  • you can probably tell because my lipstick is super smudged,

  • but we used these dolls, these dolls are called Jammy.

  • Jammy is dying, and he needs our help,

  • so my lipstick is super smudged because we just did

  • the CPR lesson, and it's really intense.

  • They have us doing the 30 chest compressions

  • and the breathing over and over and over again.

  • In Fukuoka prefecture apparently it takes an average

  • of six minutes for an ambulance, six and a half minutes,

  • for an ambulance to arrive, so it's important

  • to practice CPR and make sure that you're tough enough,

  • that you can keep it up for six and a half minutes

  • until help comes because that can make a huge difference.

  • I just got the results for my aptitude test,

  • and I'm pretty sure that they don't do this

  • in Canada, at least, I don't know if they do this

  • anywhere else, but I wanted to talk about it

  • and I wanted to show you for a second

  • 'cause I think it's really cool.

  • It gives you a ranking based on your concentration skills,

  • your decision-making skills, your flexibility,

  • how safe you are with your answers and your thoughts.

  • If you read it here, it says that my moods change

  • very quickly, and I can have lots of confidence,

  • but when I have confidence I usually make mistakes.

  • I have to be careful not to lose my mental balance

  • and take care when I'm driving

  • or else I can cause trouble because I'll be too stuck

  • in my own head, which is very accurate.

  • So, the test is really weird.

  • It asks a bunch of really obscure questions

  • that have nothing to do with driving,

  • but when you read the description,

  • I think it is actually pretty accurate.

  • Finally, to obtain a learner's permit,

  • I'll need to log 12 hours of driving

  • inside the school driving course.

  • Once I've got my learner's permit,

  • it's another 19 hours of driving on public roads

  • and expressways until I can take my test

  • to get my full license.

  • No.

  • - Yes.

  • - All right, so I'm done, I had fun,

  • did a few rounds around the block,

  • and the teacher helped control the accel and the brake

  • the whole time, so I don't really know how much work I did.

  • I don't know how successful I was, but

  • you know what, for my first time it wasn't that bad.

  • The teacher's super nice.

  • He explains things really clearly, really slowly.

  • Today we're gonna try something a little more difficult.

  • We're going to enter one

  • of the driving courses they have here.

  • We'll see how it goes.

  • And so, for the next few weeks,

  • I'll be going to driving school.

  • I was really nervous about how it was going to go,

  • but thankfully each teacher is patient

  • and explains everything in really easy-to-understand terms.

  • Every day driving gets a little bit easier,

  • and if I study hard enough, I'm actually hoping

  • that I'll get my full license within one month.

  • I'll let you know how it goes.

  • Getting my driver's license would not only mean

  • that I'd have more freedom within Japan,

  • but it means that I'd get one more piece

  • of government ID, as well.

  • I'm looking forward to that, too.

  • So, what's driving like in your country?

  • How hard is it to get a driver's license?

  • Let me know in the comments below,

  • and I'll talk to you again soon.

  • Bye!

- Learning to drive in a foreign country

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